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SEC Hoops Notebook: Hogs, Tide meet

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson hopes Arkansas can solve the mystery of why they don't play well on the road tonight when they take on Alabama.

Marshawn Powell has been Arkansas' most consistent player in SEC action.

Arkansas (12-7, 3-3) has won its three home games in the SEC and lost its three road games. Alabama (12-7, 4-2) will be a tough test. Arkansas was beaten badly in its last outing on Saturday at South Carolina.

“Alabama plays mid-tempo and pressure defense,” Anderson said. “It has been effective most of the year.”

After the Alabama game, Arkansas will return to Bud Walton to host Tennessee on Saturday and then Florida on Tuesday.

“It's a great opportunity for our guys to play the upper echelon in the SEC right now,” Anderson said.

In the South Carolina game, the Razorbacks jumped out to a 15-3 lead to start the game, but then saw that lead disappear rather quickly following the first media timeout.

“Basketball is a game about runs,” Anderson said. “Even though we're up 15-3 we made shots. Teams are going to make a run back at you. You've got to stop the run when they come at you and I didn't think we did that. The physicality of the game took over and we weren't as effective.”

Anderson said he feels he has a solution to stopping the runs by the other teams, but it still comes down to execution.

“I think we really have to focus in our defense,” Anderson said. “We've got to get the rebounds. We need to create tempo and push the basketball up the floor and getting the ball to the guy who is doing some of the scoring.”

Junior Marshawn Powell, with the exception of the Texas A&M game to open SEC play, has been the key player for the Razorbacks.

Marshawn Powell has been like our one man wrecking force so far,” Anderson said. “We've got to get other guys involved. That includes B.J. Young, Mardracus Wade and some of the young guys. I think Jacorey (Williams) is a guy who can score points, but I think he create for others as well.”

Young is a player Anderson felt would be one of the stabilizing forces with the team this season, but Young has seen his play be up-and-down so far this season.

“We'll find out,” Anderson said when asked if this could be the game Young breaks out. “These are the kind of games the better players look forward to. Let's hope he comes with it and plays at a high level.”

Tipoff will be tonight at 8 p.m. Central and televised on ESPN2.

Around the SEC

Tuesday's Results

Tennessee 58 – Vandy 57
Kentucky 87 – Ole Miss 74

Wednesday's Results

Georgia 57 – Auburn 49
Florida 75 – South Carolina 36
LSU 73 – Missouri 70
Texas A&M 55 – Mississippi State 49

SEC Standings

Florida 8-0, 17-2
Mississippi 6-1, 17-3
Kentucky 5-2, 14-6
Alabama 4-2, 12-7
Missouri 4-3, 15-5
Arkansas 3-3, 12-7
Tennessee 3-4, 11-8
Texas A&M 3-4, 13-7
Georgia 3-4, 9-11
South Carolina 2-5, 12-8
Auburn 2-5, 8-12
Mississippi State 2-5, 7-12
Vanderbilt 2-5, 8-11
LSU 2-5, 11-7

SEC Power Rankings

1. Florida
2. Mississippi
3. Kentucky
4. Missouri
5. Alabama
6. Texas A&M
7. Arkansas
8. Tennessee
9. Georgia
10. Auburn
11. South Carolina
12. Vanderbilt
13. Mississippi State
14. LSU

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